Friends and family gathered Saturday to remember wolf biologist Gordon Haber. (Zac Gooch/KTUU-DT)
Haber's friend Rick Steiner said the Denali wolf packs were Haber's home. (Zac Gooch/KTUU-DT)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Friends and family of wolf biologist Gordon Haber came together Saturday to remember a man who devoted his life to the protection of wolves.
At Haber's memorial service fellow biologists, friends and people who worked with Haber over the years recalled the passion he had for his work.
Haber, 67, was killed last month in a plane crash in Denali National Park. He spent 40 years studying wolf packs, mostly in remote areas of Alaska.
Not only did Haber's friends share many stories about his adventures, but they also used the time to talk about how they could continue his work. They say that's what Haber would have wanted.
"Essentially, that was his home: the Denali wolves," said friend Rick Steiner. "And he knew them, stayed there, loved them, and guarded them with all of the passion that a human being possibly could."
Steiner went on to say Haber was a major advocate for wolves, and the type of field biologist that is hard to find.